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Tri-State Airport Gets Security Upgrade
Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Jul. 10, 2012 4:12 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 10, 2012 5:56 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
There's some new technology at the Huntington tri-state airport. Transportation Security Administration demonstrated the new advanced imaging technology unit that detects metallic and non-metallic threats like weapons, explosives, and other potential dangers.
TSA spokesperson Kawika Riley says, "It provides a higher level of security that what we had with the walk-through metal detectors, but it does so without making any sort of privacy compromises. It gets rid of the images associated with advanced imaging technology."
Just hold the pose for a few seconds while it scans, and move along. If there is a threat detected, the screen uses a generic human image to point out where along the body it potentially is.
The machines are now at 130 airports across the country, in an effort to continue to make sure flights are as safe as possible for passengers. Riley says, "It's very important if we're going to protect the entire integrated system, that we have technology, not just at the larger airports, but at some of the smaller airports that serve rural communities.
Some more good news for passengers- it's speeding up your wait time! Tri-state airport manager Jerry Brienza says, "It provides us with a more even flow of traffic, so our passengers are actually going through about two to three times faster than they were before, and more objects are being identified that could be contraband."
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